Colleges: Taylor bound for Boston

January 18, 2011
  • UC Irvine senior Tanya Taylor (3) was drafted by the Boston Breakers of the Women's Professioanl Soccer League.
UC Irvine senior Tanya Taylor (3) was drafted by the Boston… (COURTESY OF UC IRVINE,…)

Tanya Taylor had no one to hug. There was no stage to ascend to, no handshake with the commissioner and no team cap or jersey to dawn.

When the UC Irvine senior was chosen by the Boston Breakers with the 24th and final pick of the Women's Professional Soccer draft Friday, she didn't even get the pleasure of instant gratification.

"I was following the draft online and I was pretty nervous," said Taylor, a forward who had 11 goals and 12 assists to earn third-team All-American, as well as Big West Conference Offensive Player of the Year honors in a historic season that saw UCI finish 19-3-2. "And when the last pick was announced, my computer actually froze, so I didn't see it until I refreshed the page a couple minutes later."

Taylor, whose prolific production helped the Anteaters win their first Big West regular-season title and make the program's inaugural trip to the NCAA Tournament, in which they reached the Sweet 16, said she chose to learn of her professional fate all alone.


"I was so nervous, I wanted to be by myself," said Taylor, who had enrolled in 20 units this quarter with the aim of graduating in June. "When I saw my name come up, I was pretty excited. Unfortunately there was no one there to share it with."

Taylor said she called her parents immediately, then fielded a stream of congratulatory calls from UCI coaches and teammates. She also had a phone conversation with Breakers Coach Tony DiCicco, though she said she is awaiting word on when she will report to try and make the team's roster.

It is likely that her duties in Boston will force her to drop her class load and postpone graduating. It's a decision Taylor never thought she would have to make.

"Honestly, coming into college, I never pictured myself playing after college," said Taylor, who had 13 goals and nine assists combined in her first three collegiate seasons. "But, after the season we had this year, it became a possibility. I always wanted to do this, but I didn't know if I'd have the option or not."

Taylor also said that without UCI's breakthrough success, she might not have had to endure a sleepless Thursday night before the draft.

"I think our team success was a huge factor in my individual recognition," Taylor said.

The No, 7-ranked UCI men's volleyball team, coming off a home sweep of No. 5 UC Santa Barbara on Saturday, will play host to No. 1-ranked USC on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Bren Events Center.

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